The Power of Impact – Lessons Learned from The Bees in My Yard

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THE POWER OF IMPACT

This past weekend, I took some time to photograph the flowers surrounding my house. Admiring the vibrancy of color and formations, I paused to focus my lens on one of the magenta buds when something caught my attention. I became entranced by the motions of a bee perched upon one of the flower petals. This insect was so busy yet focused in its dance as it moved with such purpose and precision. Read more

The Disease To Please

Kim Speaks Up - Disease to Please

We’ve all been afflicted by this contagious disease.

Ever since I was a little girl, I had a knack for numbers and a knack for talking…out of turn most of the time. People were often impressed by how much I knew so the more they were impressed, the more I kept talking. I loved the attention. I loved the affirmation until I realized that it held me hostage from living my life. Honestly, I wanted people to like me. Read more

April Showers – May Flowers

Kim Speaks Up - April Shower/May Flowers feature pic

Hello, May! As I awake, the words of the popular 16th-century poem ring ever so clearly in my ear:

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I remember learning this during story time in nursery school and have found myself repeating it fondly every year as the season of spring is ushered in. This year has been different though. I feel as if I have lived it. The March winds were fierce and the April showers seemed incessant but this May, my prayer is for flowers. The winter season has been a hard one for me and one where I did not do much writing just a lot of feeling, thinking and crying. I experienced loss and grief that went so deep,  I felt like I was sinking into what seemed like an abyss of my tears.  Read more

It’s The Little Things

Kim Speaks Up - It's The Little Things blog

The Little Things In Life Make the Greatest Impact

It’s the little things that we do daily that make the biggest difference of whether we fail or succeed. Doing the little things well are one of the key factors to success. The little things are the bedrock for a lifestyle of integrity and it’s the things that are so easily memorable. Read more

Farther Than I Meant To Go

The Trails

It was farther than I meant to go and longer than I meant to stay…

Have you ever found yourself going around in circles? I am not talking about the twirls you do in the middle of the grocery isle while no one else is looking 😉 . I am referring to frustrations you feel when you’re deliberately seeking the end of a task or journey and it seems like no end is in sight. It seems like you constantly end up back to where back where you started. Can I get an Amen if you have been there?…AMEN! I hope I am in good company cause I have been there and done that and here is ONE of my stories: Read more

Why I hate Running

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I stood in my trainer’s kitchen as she outlined our workout routine for the evening. I heard hills and I heard running and my heart started racing. You see, my version of exercise does not consist of running unless I am being chased by something or someone. The idea of bated breaths and quick exertion in no way entices me. I am a neophyte to this form of exercise and had very little desire to be experienced in this particular craft. I could think of 1,000 excuses why I should not be doing this. My reality: I had to literally take this workout one stride at a time.

So I started. With high knees, one foot in front of the other and a slow yet regulated pace. My goal was simply to make it to the end. My calculated thoughts was even breathing and forward movement. A little bit of self-talk said, ‘You will make it there eventually. Just keep going!’” Before I knew it, I became winded and my heart started racing begging for there to be an immediate end in sight. I wanted it to be OVER! Read more